Four-alarm blaze destroys Etobicoke produce warehouse

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    Four-alarm blaze destroys Etobicoke produce warehouse

    Chris Kitching, CP24.com

    Published Friday, September 27, 2013 5:16AM EDT

    Last Updated Friday, September 27, 2013 10:07AM EDT

    Investigators are looking into the cause of a four-alarm blaze that destroyed a produce warehouse in Etobicoke early Friday morning.

    Toronto Fire Services spokesman Capt. David Eckerman said the blaze began in a truck parked in a loading dock around 2 a.m. and spread to the single-storey industrial building. The fire went into a fourth alarm shortly after fire crews arrived.

    As the fire burned out of control, flames were shooting out of the roof, doors and windows of Wei Fung Fruit Co. at 99 Birmingham St., near Islington Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard, and a huge wall of smoke drifted into the air.

    When firefighters entered the building, flames were as high as 4.5 metres (15 feet) and the building was filled with heavy smoke, Eckerman told CP24.

    Firefighters initially had trouble getting inside because large vehicles belonging to the company were blocking overhead doors. A tow truck driver arrived and pulled the vehicles out of the way.

    Because of the hazardous conditions and worsening situation, firefighters pulled out of the building for their own safety about an hour after they arrived and began battling the blaze in a defensive attack. The building’s roof…

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